Source: CBS 6 Albany
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah is calling on residents to get vaccinated against pertussis. “Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States,” Shah said. Shah called on New Yorkers “to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection.” Preliminary figures from the New York State Health Department report 970 cases so far in 2012, as compared to 931 in all of 2011 and 722 in 2010. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of U.S. cases, as of early June, was nearly 44 percent higher than in the same period the year before.